Institute of Archaeology


Dr Rebecca Watts

Lecturer (Teaching) in Bioarchaeology and Forensic Anthropology

Institute of Archaeology

Faculty of S&HS

Joined UCL
7th May 2018

Research summary

I am a bioarchaeologist interested in the developmental health experiences of children and how these continue to influence an individuals' health over the rest of their life course. I combine data from human skeletons with biomedical and historical research to investigate the biosocial experiences that influence growth, maturation and disease in the past.

I am always happy to talk about projects looking at childhood illness, pubertal development, and the long term consequences of growth disruptions.

Teaching summary

ARCL0114: Morphology and Palaeopathology of the Human Skeleton

ARCL0115: Evolution and Variation of the Human Skull

ARCL0117: Methods and Issues in Palaeoepidemiology and Palaeodemography


PhD in Bioarchaeology, Department of Archaeology, University of Reading (2010-2014, AHRC-funded). Thesis title: Childhood development and adult longevity in archaeological populations in medieval and post-medieval England (AD950-1855)

MSc Palaeopathology (Distinction), Department of Archaeology, Durham University (2007-2008). Thesis title: Non-specific indicators of stress and their association with age-at-death at Fishergate House, York

BSc (Hons)Forensic Science, School of Forensic and Investigative Sciences, University of Central Lancashire (2003-2006). Dissertation: The aetiology of tuberculosis


British Association of Biological Anthropologists and Osteoarchaeologists
Paleopathology Association
American Association of Physical Anthropologists